Hialeah Hospital has been diligent in its mission to serve the community’s healthcare needs from its recognition as a leader in various specialties to expanding medical services during 2014.
The year began with Hialeah Hospital accreditation by The Joint Commission in conjunction with the American Heart Association-American Stroke Association as a Primary Stroke Center. This achievement signified the organization’s dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients.
Hialeah Hospital’s advanced certification demonstrated that its stroke program meets critical elements of performance to achieve long term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients. The hospital was designated a Primary Stroke Center by the Florida Agency of Health Care Administration in 2012.
In early spring, Dr. Werner Andrade, a bariatric surgeon, was appointed medical director of the hospital’s new Center for Weight Loss Surgery. The program offers a variety of minimally invasive bariatric procedures.
In April, Hialeah Hospital received the “Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award” for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association-American Stroke Association for treatment of stroke patients.
The hospital also made the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-buster TPA drug.
In August, Hialeah Hospital celebrated the opening of its new Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit directed by Dr. Rossana Lopez. The unit offers comprehensive psychiatric inpatient services for adults and specializes in the treatment of individuals with emotional disturbances, including depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety. Dr. Lopez, board certified in internal medicine, has extensive experience in geriatrics and psychiatry.
In addition to its newest recognitions during 2014, Hialeah Hospital activities aided the community during Emergency Medical Services Week celebrations in May, paying tribute to the City of Hialeah Fire Rescue by awarding plaques to the entire department.
Just before the new school year started, hospital employees held a backpack drive for schoolchildren in need of appropriate supplies.
To celebrate October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Hialeah Hospital hosted and participated in various activities, including changing the hospital’s exterior lighting to pink, holding a free breakfast and lunch for women with scheduled mammograms and hosting a “Go Pink Bake Sale” with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society.